Friday, June 29, 2012
“I did my job as a pitcher,” Rapada said. “I just didn’t do my job as a fielder. I really let my team down tonight.”
Yes, you did.
Robertson, who was initially named to replace Mariano Rivera after Rivera was injured May 3, was warming up for the ninth, thinking that with Soriano unavailable, he might start the inning.
“I thought I would,” he said, but he added that he had been summoned many times in similar situations in the past and usually escaped them. Not this time.
I still can’t understand the idea that you would be willing to use Robertson in the ninth, but wouldn’t have him start the inning.
Sure, if Rapada makes the play he should have made the outcome is probably different. It still doesn’t make sense to start the ninth with two pitchers that are inferior to Robertson when he was available. With their two best starters out, this team can’t afford to lose games they should be winning. Yes, Robertson gave up the HR, but coming into an inherited mess may have made him pitch differently than he would have if he’d started the inning.
Oh well. Maybe they’ll win today.
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